HelpMum, Vetsark and 2 Other Civictech Startups Emerge Winners of Google Impact Challenge Nigeria

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4 Nigerian social innovators, HelpMum, VetSark, Cece Yara Foundation and Project Enable Africa, have emerged as winners of the Google Impact Challenge Nigeria. The startups took home $250,000 in funding from the Nigerian edition of the challenge.

Google Impact challenge Nigeria is a competition to find the most innovative, not-for-profit Nigerian organisations that make use of technology in new ways to solve societal challenges. Established by Google, the challenge received about 3,000 submissions but only 12 of those startups made it to the finals.

The 12 finalists were further split into groups of 4 winners and 8 runners-up. Three out of the 4 winners were selected by a team of judges after a pitching session of all 12 finalists. The last of the winning startups was selected based on people’s choice (after about 3 weeks of public voting).

A cross section of the panel of judges at the event - MI Abaga, Kanu Nwankwo, Oluseyi Oyebisi, Mo Abudu, Eghosa Omoigu, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Parminder Vir and John Momoh
A cross section of the panel of judges at the event – MI Abaga, Kanu Nwankwo, Oluseyi Oyebisi, Mo Abudu, Eghosa Omoigu, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Parminder Vir and John Momoh

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The three startups selected by the judges are:

HelpMum, a startup that uses low-cost innovations and the power of mobile technology to tackle maternal and infant mortality in under-served and remote areas in Nigeria.

Project Enable Africa is a startup providing disability-friendly Digital Hubs to promote the access of persons with disabilities and their caregivers to ICT skills and opportunities.

Cece Yara Foundation provides a safe platform for free access to healing and justice for children experiencing sexual abuse in Nigeria; were chosen based on Judge-selection.

The final startup selected based on people’s choice is;

Vetsark, a startup planning to launch Alpha Prime Disease Surveillance Technology, a data science technology, to protect crops and livestock from pests and diseases.

The 8 runners up received $125,000. These includes – BudgiT Foundation, Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, Junior Achievement Nigeria, LearnFactory Nigeria, Rural Development and Reformation Foundation, Seed Tracker, Solar Sister Nigeria, and The Roothub Tech 101.

In addition to funding, the final 12 non-profits will also have access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google.


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